Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) -Mel Stuart

The late Gene Wilder stars in this iconic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale, that is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my return to the Family genre. The film stands out in minds around the globe for its musical numbers and the terrifying tunnel trip…

An American in Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli

  Gene Kelly singing and dancing to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, sounds perfect and entertaining. And this Best Picture winner is definitely entertaining, and my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Singin’ in the Rain. I feel bad, because I know this…

*batteries not included (1987) – Matthew Robbins

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book brings me to the next stop on my continued exploration of the genre, and this time around I’m checking in with Steven Spielberg. I’ve covered some of his other films prior to this, and it also gives a few he served as executive producer on, including this film from ’87…

The Jungle Book (2016) – Jon Favreau

  Opening this weekend is Disney’s update of their classic film, which lifts moments and characters from both their original 1967 film, and the source material as penned by Rudyard Kipling. Favreau’s camera moves throughout the jungle, never ceasing for a moment, as we enter a photo-real jungle, filled with the most photo-real computer generated…

Way Out West (1937) – James W. Horne

  I dive into some family titles now with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and I hesitate to admit this, this was my first experience with a Laurel and Hardy film. The only real complaint I have about the film is that it is too short, clocking in at just over…

Funny Girl (1968) – William Wyler

  I was completely charmed by this one. That’s twice Streisand has wowed me when I thought she wouldn’t. Clocking in at two and a half hours, this is the final musical recommendation to go with my screening of The Jazz Singer for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Babs is Fanny…

The Jazz Singer (1927) – Alan Crosland

  The first ‘talkie,’ is also the first title in the musical section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. This was the first time I had seen this one, all I’d known of it before was that at some point, Al Jolson as Jack Robin, previously Jakie Rabinowitz, dons blackface to…

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Howard Hawks

  Marilyn Monroe stars in the first recommendation following my screening of Some Like It Hot, for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Monroe and Jane Russell are showgirls, Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw respectively, who are best friends, and seem to be enjoying all life has to offer. Lorelei is a…

A Day At The Races (1937) – Sam Wood

  The recommendations for A Night At The Opera come to a close with this last film, giving Groucho, Harpo and Chico one more opportunity to gallivant across the screen and make me laugh. This time out, Zeppo is left out, and the boys bring their wacky antics to a dualĀ problem, a sanitarium and a…